Archive for October, 2015

It’s better to light a candle than curse the darkness – Roosevelt


It was such a pleasure to commission a series of illustrations to go along with the wonderfully evocative descriptions that make up my collection of scented candles. Each scent is based on a room in a grand country house. With the help of graphic designer extraordinaire Connie Dickson, we found the perfect illustrator for the job, Columbian based Randy Mora.  It was by no means a straight forward process, I’m sure we had Randy pulling his hair out on more that one occasion – probably every single time we spoke to him, but the finished product could not be better. Fun and totally surreal. You will now find a small handsome pack of cards in every candle box telling you the story of each scent and the ever important candle burning instructions about how to get the best out of your candle

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Everything you can imagine is real – Picasso

I have been obsessed with this article from a 1988 edition of World of Interiors since I came across it a couple of years ago. It is the C17th château of Bernard Picasso, the grandson of the great man himself who had also lived there throughout the thirties. Bernard had given decorators Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti carte blanche to redecorate. Considering the provenance I find what they chose to do quite bold and incredibly charming. It has a feeling of playfulness and fun through the use of colour which I imagine makes living there very comfortable. I’m also in huge favour of the appliquéd curtains with patchwork borders.  The thing that really does it for me is the ultraviolet cabinet fitted with green glass. How can I get something like this in my life? Are there good coloured glass manufacturers in the UK that can make my dreams come true?

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